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Re: [Tlhingan-hol] Klingon Word of the Day: nge'

Steven Boozer (

> Klingon Word of the Day for Saturday, November 16, 2013
> Klingon word: nge'
> Part of speech: verb
> Definition: take away

AFAIK never used in a full Klingon sentence, but the nomen agentis {nge'wI'} shows up in Sonnet 116:

  yab matlh muvchuqghach Sorgh vay' 'e' vIbotjaj.
  nge'wI' rurQo' bangna'; SIHlu'be'chu'.
  parmaq choH pagh teHqu', choH tu'DI' lajDaj ...

  Let me not to the marriage of true minds
  admit impediments. Love is not love
  which alters when it alteration finds ...

Note the idiom {Ha'quj nge'} "take away a sash":

KGT 123:  This is the Klingon equivalent of "wound one's pride". The sash represents a Klingon's heritage. If the sash is removed, so is the Klingon's ancestral identity, and, along with it, his or her dignity and self-esteem. It is generally used with a possessive pronominal suffix attached to {Ha'quj} (sash) ... Thus, the phrase {Ha'qujlIj nge'} (literally, "take away your sash") means "wound your pride".

Cf. also {le'yo'} "pride" (emotion) and {Hem} "be proud":

HQ 12.3 p.9:  The notion of 'too big for one's britches' (be too haughty or arrogant for one's status) as well as that of 'commit hubris' (be presumptuous or arrogant) might best be rendered in Klingon not by {HoQ} ["be honored falsely, be falsely honorable"] but by {nguq} "be arrogant, haughty, conceited" an undesirable trait. To be {Hem} "proud", however, is quite admirable and does not carry any connotations of arrogance as the Federation Standard words "proud" and "pride" sometimes do. The noun {'eDjen} refers to a person who is arrogant or haughty.

Similar words to {nge'}:

yaH 		be taken away (v)
tlhap 	take (v)
teq 		remove (v)
chel		add (v)

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